Hyderabad: Sunday’s National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Neet) exams recorded an attendance of 13.4 lakh, a sharp increase from 11.4 lakh recorded last year.
The exam, which is held for admission to medical college, was held at 2,255 centres across the country.
This dramatic increase is primarily due to the increase in the number of states opting for NEET scores over state-level Common Entrance Tests (CETs) for admissions in the health sciences.
This could also be attributed to an increase in the number of students clearing Class 12 exams, and various policies and scholarships provided by the government.
In 2016, NEET saw only 7.5 lakh registrations. The total number of seats in MBBS and BDS institutes across the country stands at 60,000. As many as 13,26,725 candidates appeared for NEET entrance exams in 136 cities across India conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education. Of the total students, 7,46,076 are female and 5,80,648 are males, in addition to one transgender candidate.
NEET 2018 was conducted in Hindi, English, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. The NEET 2018 exam consisted of one paper - containing 180 objective-type questions of Science subjects -Physics, Chemistry and Biology. NEET exam was held on morning 10 am to 1 pm afternoon.
The NEET results are expected on June 5. The CBSE will display the NEET answer key of the questions, so that candidates can clear any doubts with regards to the answer on the website.
Doors closed on latecomers without mercy
Despite strict instructions by the CBSE long before the exams, students in areas like Alwal, Golnaka and Kukatpally turned up late for the Neet exam and were not allowed to write the exam.
Students were asked to report by 9:30 am but some reached the centre around 10 am and were denied entry.
Reportedly, two students were not allowed inside the campus of St. Michael School as they reported to the campus after 9:30 am.
Gates at most centres closed sharp at 9.30 am and no excuses were entertained after that.
A student from Film Nagar area said, “My brother and I had the exam on the same day. My father dropped my brother first. There was also some traffic jam.
The doors were closed when I reached at 9:30 am so I was not allowed to write the exam. I lost a year because of the strict rules of Neet.”